Crate Training: Need Help
I am a new GSD owner and this is my first attempt at crate training. My 9 wk old puppy Luna doesnt seem interested in the crate at all. I put the crate in my bedroom and put in her doggie bed, food+ water bowl, and a woven blanket to cover the metal pan. She will only go in to eat and drink but avoids it the rest of the day. During naptime and at night I have to sit by the crate to get her to go in by herself and fall asleep. (She has never had a potty accident in my room so I trust her enough to leave the door open.) I alternate between letting her sleep on my bed and leaving her sleeping in the crate. What confuses me is that on nights that she sleeps in the crate, she whines about twice each night so I take her out to go potty and have to tire her out before putting her back in the crate but on nights that she sleeps on my bed she will sleep peacefully without taking a midnight potty break. I have school early in the morning and value my sleep so I lean towards letting her sleep on my bed but I want her to be crate trained. Any suggestions on how to make the crate more appealing or on night time whining?